By Ross Fingland
It’s been just over 2 and a half years since Jessie J last graced Glasgow with her incredible vocal abilities on her Stand Up tour, off the back off her 4x platinum debut release, Who You Are. Now she’s back on the road and tearing it up once again with her Alive tour. Dropping into Glasgow’s brand new Hydro arena on Tuesday night, Scotcampus went along to see what J-J-Jessie J had to offer…
The atmosphere was electric from the moment the curtain dropped, and 5 large screens surrounding the stage were illuminated with pre-recorded images of Jessie standing alone in a big white room, not too dissimilar from a padded cell. As the images progressed, an onscreen door opened, and with that the darling diva herself walked out of a pair of double doors in the centre of her stage. Microphone in hand she began her show-stopping extravaganza with a beautiful rendition of Big White Room.
The hour and a half long set included all of Jessie’s biggest hits; Do It Like A Dude, Price Tag, Domino and It’s My Party. The sheer atmosphere was phenomenal from the get go, and there were moments during Domino and Laserlight when The Hydro itself became a living tour du force. Thousands of tiny green and red lasers shot like twinkling stars around the venue leaving many in absolute awe.
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In between her songs Jessie made four distinct costume changes, all of which were figure-hugging, and designed very much in the tone of ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it’. Thankfully, Jessie J has most certainly got it.
It’s hard to put into words just how incredible the former The Voice judge’s vocals actually are. There was no point during the show that she paused for breath, faltered or stumbled vocally, but instead she belted, she boomed and she wowed her audience.
Her crowd interaction was also on point. Jessie talked about how she had snacked away on a deep fried Mars Bar before the show, and how she loved it, but felt that it was just sitting on her vocal cords. After a few laughs she then proceeded to jump around the stage and sing a short, impromptu song about being a Mars Bar. #legend
Overall it was a fantastic performance in which Jessie J showed just how capable she is, not only as a vocalist, but also as a bonafide performer. It was a night that many will remember for a very, very long time to come.